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Was Italy ever on gold?

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  • Tattara, Giuseppe

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This article deals with the evolution of the Italian economy in the last part of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century with particular emphasis on money and banking. It also deals with the problem of the huge Italian public debt. In this context it examines the exchange rate regime and presents a model of exchange rate determination for the years 1872-1913. An important element of Italian policy was the committment of limiting the fluctuations in the exchange rate while isolating the process of money creation from external shocks. This process was rather different from the classic adjustment process envisaged by the "Gold Standard Myth"

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 37160.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:37160

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Keywords: Gold Standard; Monetary Regimes; Fixed Exchange Rate; Economic History of Italy;

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  1. Fenoaltea, Stefano, 1988. "International resource flows and construction movements in the atlantic economy: the kuznets cycle in Italy, 1861–1913," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press, vol. 48(03), pages 605-637, September.
  2. John F. O. Bilson & Richard C. Marston, 1984. "Exchange Rate Theory and Practice," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number bils84-1.
  3. Tattara, Giuseppe, 2002. "Un margine di arbitraggio non sfruttato sulla Rendita Italiana a Parigi ?
    [An Unexploited Arbitrage Margin on the Italian Rendita in Paris?]
    ," MPRA Paper 10778, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Fishlow, Albert, 1985. "Lessons from the past: capital markets during the 19th century and the interwar period," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press, vol. 39(03), pages 383-439, June.
  5. Giuseppe Tattara, 2003. "Lira stabilisation, construction boom and the level of economic activity: the Shift in Favour of Non-Traded Goods Prices and Urban Rents," Economie Internationale, CEPII research center, CEPII research center, issue 96, pages 23-42.
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Cited by:
  1. Luis Catão, 2006. "Sudden Stops and Currency Drops," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 06/133, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Sophia Lazaretou, 2004. "The Drachma, Foreign Creditors and the International Monetary System: Tales of a Currency during the 19th and the Early 20th Century," Working Papers, Bank of Greece 16, Bank of Greece.
  3. Lazaretou, Sophia, 2005. "The drachma, foreign creditors, and the international monetary system: tales of a currency during the 19th and the early 20th centuries," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 202-236, April.
  4. Morys, Matthias, 2013. "Discount rate policy under the Classical Gold Standard: Core versus periphery (1870s–1914)," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 50(2), pages 205-226.

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